Behind-the-scenes video of Terrence Malick shooting secret project with Christian Bale

Behind-the-scenes video of Terrence Malick shooting secret project with Christian Bale (photo)

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If I want to write an article about Terrence Malick, I basically have two options for pictures I can use. The one above, that’s him on the set of “Days of Heaven” back in 1978. The other choice is this popular shot of him circa “The Thin Red Line” in 1998, where he looks like he was just surprised while cosplaying Alan Grant from “Jurassic Park.” That’s it. No new publicity shots in thirteen years. In other words: the guy doesn’t wind up in front of the camera often. There’s a reason he has a reputation as a recluse.

A reclusive guy wound up in front of a whole bunch of cameras last week, when Malick shot a mysterious new project with Christian Bale at the Austin City Limits Festival. While Bale and a small crew wandered around shooting material, people snapped pictures and videos of the team in action, like this one by Johnny Garcia which was found by Movie City News’ Ray Pride:

Malick seems pretty cool about the whole thing for a guy who I always assumed had a near-Amish phobia of having his picture taken. Whoever shot this was pretty invasive too, and got right up next to him a few times. I’m kind of surprised he didn’t run screaming.

As for this Bale-Malick project, it still has no title and no synopsis. If this video had surfaced a few years ago, I would have made a joke that the movie would be ready for release sometime around the year 2018. But Malick’s already nearly completed two films since putting the finishing touches on this year’s “The Tree of Life:” an untitled project with Ben Affleck and a documentary that expands “Tree of Life”‘s beginning-of-the-universe footage. Suddenly, after four movies in thirty years, the guy’s a human dynamo! Maybe’s he had some sort of life-changing spiritual epiphany. That could explain why he’s suddenly so chill about people filming him while he works.

What’s your favorite Terrence Malick movie? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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